Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan is going on the road before the band tours this summer. Crahan will be doing signings for his new photo book, Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, starting June 19th in Chicago. He'll hit seven cities before wrapping up on July 5th in Tempe, Arizona.

Crahan and Slipknot headline the Mayhem Festival starting June 30th in San Bernardino, California.

If you liked Soundgarden's last studio album, there's a good chance you're going to like their new one. Frontman Chris Cornell tells NME that the disc due out in the fall is "kind of hard to describe -- it's sort of picking up where we left off. There's a lot of different feels on the album. We're a band where every single member contributes music, so that makes it very diverse. It's a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it."

Soundgarden's last full-length studio album was 1996's Down on the Upside.

The future of Queesryche doesn't look too good. They canceled their opening slot for the Scorpions Monday night in West Valley City, Utah, saying that "some of the members" couldn't make the show for "personal reasons." Singer Geoff Tate ended up filling in, performing with his solo band. The rest of Queensryche played as Rising West over the weekend in Seattle, and in an interview to promote the shows, they were cagey about the rumors surrounding a fight between a couple of members and Tate in Brazil. They said "that what happens in Brazil stays in Brazil."

Queensryche has two more dates with the Scorpions in early July. There's no word yet if the full band will perform at these shows.

Rise Against have signed on to headline another edition of Riot Fest. The Chicago-based punk and hard rock festival has announced plans for installments in Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas and Brooklyn, New York this summer. Rise Against -- who'll top the bill at the three-day Chicago version September 14th through the 16th -- will also headline at the Dallas show on September 22nd.